Introduction to corporate water strategy development in the oil and gas sector
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Water is an essential input to operations and influences the frequency and cost of key asset maintenance. These risks are found across the entire span of business operations and have material impacts on operations, sustainability strategies, and balance sheets.
Water is also a unique and deeply emotional resource, with the United Nations recognizing water access as a human right. Both shareholders and stakeholders increasingly demand meaningful disclosures on water in the ESG context.
Sustainability leaders in oil and gas need to be able to understand, mitigate, and communicate about their companies’ water risks, impacts, and opportunities. They need practical approaches to manage regulatory changes and challenging scenarios, such as water shortages, floods, and sharp changes in water quality. To do this, companies need a water strategy.
After this course you will have a clear understanding of how a water strategy prepares businesses to respond, adapt, and lead as risks and opportunities emerge around this essential resource.
Who should attend?
This course is recommended for oil and gas professionals in all streams of oil and gas production, including those creating alternative products within the oil and gas value chain (e.g. hydrogen, petrochemicals, etc.). It is recommended those attending have a post-secondary degree. It is beneficial if those attending have a base level of knowledge where water is used/required within their company.
Students will learn:
- The role water plays within oil and gas businesses
- Current water risks and opportunities in oil and gas businesses
- Examples of how a water strategy has aided other businesses
- The names and basic functions of some existing tools to support water strategy development and implementation
Ed Pinero, Special Advisor, WaterSMART
Ed joined WaterSMART as special advisor in 2016. He also serves as the president of EcoMetrics LLC, and has extensive expertise in oil, gas, mining, and water issues and governance within the private, public, and service sectors. For EcoMetrics LLC, Ed collaborates with international teams, engages stakeholders, and interfaces with government agencies, NGOs, and academic institutions. He also provides sustainability consulting services as the president of The Piñero Group LLC.
Ed supports WaterSMART by advising clients on water-related issues such as strategy, best practices, reporting, metrics, and making the business case for water stewardship. Over his career, Ed has been engaged in many water-related initiatives, including the UN CEO Water Mandate and Alliance for Water Stewardship. He served as director of Water Programs with the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development; as senior vice-president for Sustainability for Veolia North America; and as a White House Federal Environmental executive, developing sustainability policy within the U.S. Federal government. He has a long history addressing the business case for water and environmental stewardship.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the State University of New York—Brockport and a Master of Science in Geology from Texas A&M University.
Wendy Ell, Sr. Lead, Industry Relations and Partnerships, JWN Media/geoLOGIC systems
Wendy Ell holds over 25 years experience as a business strategist. Wendy has built business plans and coordinated special alliances for more than 100 businesses; in the sectors of oil/gas, agriculture, food/beverage, consumer products, professional services and advanced technology. Wendy has the pleasure of working with the multitude of companies operating across the ever-evolving energy sector supply chain; helping them all demonstrate shared environmental stewardship and technological leadership.
Wendy stands out in her abilities to develop functional alliances and create truly constructive and insightful energy programs. Wendy has a keen interest in helping to improve business process and accelerate the adoption of much-needed technologies. Her programs support and navigate companies through change management activities and staged movement toward such challenges as decarbonization, export enablement and supply chain excellence.